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Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:04 pm
 
Maryland will name its Comcast Center court after legendary head coach Gary Williams tonight against Duke. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

On Wednesday night, Maryland will name the Comcast Center court after former head coach Gary Williams. He is the school’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach and led the Terrapins to their only national championship in basketball.

It should be a great atmosphere and a great moment for everyone associated with the program.

Except former head coach Lefty Driesell, who doesn’t think any one coach should have his name on the court.

“It’s not fair to my players that they would put Gary Williams’ name on the court,” Driesell told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s a disservice to players such as Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Brad Davis, Greg Manning, Adrian Branch and Steve Sheppard.”

Driesell is second in school history in wins, but resigned after the death of Len Bias in 1986. He went to eight NCAA tournaments in his 17 years with the Terrapins, and also coached the 1974 team that didn’t go to the NCAA tournament but was widely considered one of the best teams that season.

During Williams’ 22 years at the helm, Maryland went to 14 NCAA tournaments – including 11 consecutive from 1994-2004. The Terrapins reached the Final Four twice under Williams, and made the Sweet 16 on seven separate occasions.

Despite its struggles over the past few seasons, Maryland was one of the best basketball programs in the country for much of Williams’ tenure. The Terrapins were a perennial contender, and became a consistent national player under Williams. According to many, the Comcast Center was built because of the attention Williams brought to the program.

Does Driesell deserve recognition of some kind? Likely – and the school is considering honoring him in some way.

But for the Comcast Center basketball court, it’s tough to argue with naming it after Williams.

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

Driesell's wrong. Williams had the better career, won a national title and even wore the Maryland uniform himself. He wins.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

The old lefthander is a bitter old man (he should also be in the collegeiate HOF, but thats a different argument). Ive been attending games since the early 80's and I always have love for him and Gary. I always thought both should have a statue outside and the court should not have anyones name on it. However if they have to pick one, it isnt even close. What Gary did for the school and how much money he brought in, actually built the Comcast Center. Plus the man went to 2 finals fours with one natty, and we are still the only team in the last 30+years to have won a title with no McDs/Burger King/Wendys/Sonic/ All-Americans on it. I will be there tonight as we unviel the new court and hopefully pull out a much needed win.



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

How about U.of Maryland Basketball Graduation Rates to settle the argumetn: Lefty 3 Williams 2..Lefty winsSmile



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

How about U.of Maryland Basketball Graduation Rates to settle the argumetn: Lefty 3 Williams 2..Lefty wins



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

How about U.of Maryland Basketball Gradu
ation Rates to settle the argument: Lefty 3 Williams 2...Lefty wins!!



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

How about U.of Maryland Basketball Gradu
ation Rates to settle the argument: Lefty 3 Williams 2...Lefty wins!!



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

     BTW, I agree with you nukeem that Lefty did have some powerhouse teams in the 70's.  But they did get into the NCAA tourney in 72-73 and 74-75, reaching the Elite Eight both times.  I can only imagine how good Maryland would have been if a recruit by the name of Moses Malone didn't decide on going to the ABA instead of Maryland during that period.  While Driesell was a stellar recruiter, Moses was "the one that got away." 



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

    I'm sorry but I have to call B.S. on Lefty's comment.  How is this a disservice to the players that Lefty coached?  Gary Williams is the greatest coach in Maryland basketball history, period.  Part of the mess that Williams had to clean up when he started can be traced back to the Lefthander's last few years at the helm.  Lefty had a fine won-lost record at Maryland but Williams got the Terps into the Final Four twice and won a national title.  Although I should say in Lefty's defense that Maryland got screwed in '74 by not getting an NCAA bid after losing a thriller to NC State in the ACC tournament final- this was Lefty's best team and the Terps were ranked 4th hat year.


     Sounds like sour grapes on Lefty' part, IHMO. 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Lefty opposes naming court after Gary Williams

Shouldn't they name it the "Driesell-Williams" court or "Williams-Driesell" court? Lefty's teams in the 70's were powerhouses. If they had same tourament bracket they have today for the 1970's, in my opinion, they probably would gave UCLA a run for their money.


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